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Brief Published: 19 Feb 2016

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016: Acoustic Solutions

Clockwise L-R: Form Us With Love, Note Design Studio for Zilenzio, Offecct

Once again, brands at Stockholm Furniture Fair (February 9-13) showcased fresh acoustic designs that bring privacy and quiet to contemporary spaces. Particularly suitable for workplaces or hospitality environments, these designs counteract such issues in open plan or converted-use spaces.

  • Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love launched an update to its Baux acoustic wall panels. The new, neutrally toned designs resemble wooden planks from a distance, offering a more natural look than their previous coloured incarnations. As well as offering sound-absorbing properties, the rectangular tiles can be used in various configurations to add pattern and texture to internal walls. For more examples of engineered sustainable materials, see New Noble from our Materials Focus 17/18.
  • The series of Wind room dividers from Swedish brand Offecct are made from fabric panels stretched over an organically shaped frame. Inspired by nature, the designs provide irregular disruptions and dampen sound to create areas of privacy within an open environment. As seen at Milan Design Week last year, dividers and partitions are becoming an increasingly prevalent category as consumers seek new ways to carve up existing spaces – see Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape for more.
  • Swedish sound-absorption specialist Zilenzio introduced its latest design, the Focus portable desk divider, created by Stockholm-based Note Design Studio. The table screen can be used to partition workspaces and, as the name suggests, improve concentration. It's comprised of a ridged and padded textile sheet, enabling it to flex to different shapes as required, or be easily folded for storage. The smaller version can be used to create a personal enclave for one person, while the larger model is designed to weave across shared tables. See The Living Workspace for further insight into how office design can improve productivity.

For further coverage of 2016's events so far, see our reporting from International CES, Imm Cologne and Maison & Objet.